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Galapagos Islands Cruises & Tours

The Galapagos Islands are one of the world’s most remarkable destinations and every day is filled with bucket-list moments. Onboard our Galapagos tours everywhere you turn there are opportunities to see the thriving wildlife and nature and with each new encounter, your sense of awe increases. Looking beyond the sheer beauty of the islands lies the mass of culture and history; it was these islands that Darwin studied in great detail to develop his ‘Theory of Evolution’.

There are a number of ways to see the islands but the best way is onboard our Galapagos cruise. The large number of islands are best visited by boat as many are uninhabited and Quasar Expeditions; having won Travel and Leisures #1 Best small ship Cruise Company award for 3 years running, are an excellent choice. We focus on taking our guests’ experiences to the next level and turning an exceptional vacation into the trip of a lifetime.

Galapagos Islands Cruise

A cruise is the perfect way to explore the Galapagos Islands. With 360 degree views, the promise of visiting multiple islands, and the endless wildlife encounters; our Galapagos cruise tours are always in demand.

The current #1 Travel and Leisure small ship Cruise Company; Quasar Expeditions is an excellent choice for your Galapagos Islands cruise. Founded 35 years ago, we are the longest-running and most experienced Galapagos tour company and have amassed a wealth of five-star testimonials throughout our career. A family-run company from Ecuador, we have a great deal of local knowledge and a strong love for our second home; the islands.

All of our crew, staff and guides share the same passion and commitment to taking our guests on top quality cruises, really turning their vacation into a trip of a lifetime. We have the experience to know what works and what doesn’t to ensure we deliver the best Galapagos boat tour every time.


Why tour the Galapagos with Quasar Expeditions?

Built on a young couple’s dream of showing the islands to the world, Quasar Expeditions was founded in 1986 and continues to be a family run company with thousands of success stories. We are the oldest and most experienced small luxury Galapagos island tour company in Galapagos and truly consider the islands to be a second home.

We focus on providing sustainable travel and are a Global Compact Partner and Zero Waste Project Partner. Our passion is to preserve the environment so future generations can enjoy the same experiences and Galapagos tours as us today.

Galapagos Islands Luxury Cruise

The archipelago’s wildlife-rich islands are best accessible by boat as they are usually more remote and so booking a Galapagos luxury cruise is a good decision. Most of the islands remain uninhabited meaning that many of the sights that you will see are completely unspoiled. Dense forests, untouched beaches, and large groups of wildlife are all on the agenda! Having won awards for our small ship cruises and sustainable tours, it is clear that we have the knowledge and experience to really deliver the best luxury Galapagos cruise.

Why we have the best Galapagos Luxury Cruises & Island Tours

What better way to relax, unwind and reconnect with nature than cruising around one of the Earth’s most remarkable archipelagos? Quasar Expeditions offer luxury Galapagos tours on small ships cruises to ensure access to the more fragile islands that large ships are unable to visit.

Quasar Expeditions truly care about the experiences of our guests and provide high quality, luxury trips with world-class naturalist guides. Our company was built upon the desire to show the treasures of the Galapagos Islands to the world and we are committed to that on every trip. Key elements of our tours are;

Small ships - we know the difference that a small tour group can make. Being away from the crowds makes the trip a lot more personal and enables deeper connections to be made with the rest of the group and the Earth.

Plenty of wildlife encounters - everywhere you turn there are opportunities to encounter wildlife; sea lions, seals, flamingos, tortoises, and iguanas are regularly found roaming the islands. There are plenty of snorkel spots and whale watching opportunities on our cruises and large numbers of birds roam the skies.

World-class guides - our testimonials often refer to our guides as being one of the main factors in their success. All of our guides are friendly, passionate, and have a genuine love for the environment and their job. Our guests always comment that it’s our guides that make Quasar Expeditions one of the best Galapagos tour companies!

Enquire About Your Galapagos Cruise & Island Tours Today

Quasar Expeditions also specializes in Galapagos luxury charters, Galapagos honeymoon cruises as well as Galapagos Islands vacation packages. Awards and ratings do not lie; join our five-star success stories and speak with a consultant today to book one of our Galapagos island tours.

Galapagos Islands Air & Water Temperatures:

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Month Average Low Average High Avg. Water Temperature Avg. Rainfall (In The Highlands Only)
JANUARY 72°F / 22°C 86°F / 30°C 76°F / 24.5°C 1.0 in / 2.5 cm
FEBRUARY 75°F / 24°C 86°F / 30°C 77°F / 25°C 1.0 in / 2.5 cm
MARCH 75°F / 24°C 88°F / 31°C 77°F / 25°C 2.0 in / 5.1 cm
APRIL 75°F / 24°C 88°F / 31°C 77°F / 25°C 1.5 in / 3.8 cm
MAY 72°F / 22°C 82°F / 28°C 76°F / 24.5°C 0.75 in / 1.9 cm
JUNE 70°F / 21°C 79°F / 26°C 73°F / 23°C 0.25 in / 0.6 cm
JULY 68°F / 20°C 79°F / 26°C 72°F / 22°C 0.5 in / 1.3 cm
AUGUST 66°F / 19°C 79°F / 26°C 71°F / 21.5°C 0.25 in / 0.6 cm
SEPTEMBER 66°F / 19°C 79°F / 26°C 72°F / 22°C 1.3 in / 2.5 cm
OCTOBER 68°F / 20°C 79°F / 26°C 73°F / 22.5°C 0.25 in / 0.6 cm
NOVEMBER 70°F / 21°C 79°F / 26°C 73°F / 23°C 0.5 in / 1.3 cm
DECEMBER 72°F / 22°C 81°F / 27°C 73°F / 22.5°C 0.5 in / 1.3 cm

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Experience the Galapagos in spacious comfort and privacy aboard two yachts from the Golden Age of Travel

8 & 15 Day Cruises

Timeless elegance with royal history. Cruise the Galapagos Islands aboard Grace Kelly’s honeymoon yacht.

8 & 15 Day Cruises

Experience the Galapagos in spacious comfort and privacy aboard a yacht that retraces the footsteps of Darwin.

We often get asked what is the cost of a Galapagos Islands cruise and the answer really depends on the type of trip you are after.

For anyone interested in cruising the Galapagos, it is strongly recommended to add a minimum of 2 nights in Mainland Ecuador on the front end of your trip to accommodate for flight delays, cancellations or baggage issues. How much you spend in your travels on the mainland will depend on the type of hotel you stay at and if you choose to do any tours while in Ecuador.

Flights to Galapagos from the mainland range for adults from about $470 to about $530 ($360 - $400 for children), but this is constantly changing so it is best to always check with airlines like Latam and Avianca that currently have daily flights out to the islands. Children under 12 normally get an important discount on domestic air. You also need to pay a mandatory transit card (used to track visitors and make sure they don’t stay more than 3 months in the islands) and it costs $20 per person.

Once in Galapagos, non-Ecuadorians must pay a Park fee of $100 for adults and $50 for children under 12. There are discounts available for Ecuadorians and for some Andean countries that are members of Pacto Andino.

Regarding cruise prices, Galapagos is considered an expensive destination, regardless of the type of traveler you are. But as a general rule of thumb, you can find budget ships for as low as $250 per person, and luxury ships for as high as $1000 per person per day. Galapagos cruise deals are available from time to time.

Finally, you should always consider some money for tips to guides and crew in your budget. Normally you can expect to pay about $10 per day for crew and for guides on budget ships and about $20 - $30 per day on the luxury ships.

So all in all, for 7 night Galapagos cruises (which is what we recommend), you can expect to pay within the ranges below for the different level of trip:

US$2,400 - $3,400 for a very rock bottom Galapagos cruise.

US$3,500 - $4,400 for a medium range Galapagos cruise.

US$4,500 - $9,000 or a high end Galapagos cruise.

You can also learn more on Galapagos travel in our Frequently Asked Questions on the Galapagos page.
Unlike many wildlife sanctuaries around the world, the Galapagos Islands are a great year-round destination and there really is no “better” or “worse” time to travel there. However, the high season for tourism tends to be from mid-December to January and from June to August, which coincides with the general holidays and vacation months of the Northern Hemisphere. If you are planning your Galapagos cruise during the "popular" holiday months, we recommend you book your trip at least 6 months prior to your desired travel date and when possible, even sooner.

If you are a passenger who is interested in cruising the islands, there is really no “off-season”. In part this is because the Galapagos are right on the equator so that air and water temperatures do not vary much. Learn all about when to visit the Galapagos Islands, including a detailed month by month weather and wildlife breakdown. In addition, because almost all of the animal species you will see on the Islands arrived because they floated there on logs or beds of plants, or they were blown in, they made the islands their permanent home and they do not migrate. This means that species like the Galapagos penguin, flightless cormorant, marine iguana, land iguana, blue footed booby, Galapagos hawk, fur sea lion, California sea lion and many others spend the entire year in the Galapagos. The Waved Albatross is one of the few migratory exceptions and is best seen in tours during spring and summer.
To answer this question, you must first understand how the Galapagos park handles cruise itineraries. Before 2012 Galapagos tour vessels all visited the same sites week in and week out. This led to environmental impact, with multiple boats visiting the same sites at the same time. Thankfully the Galapagos National Park came up with the idea of requiring all ships to wait 2 weeks before returning to the same site. This not only reduced environmental impact and dispersed boats evenly throughout the Islands, it reduced the amount of crossovers and passengers at each site.

Today all permitted Galapagos vessels navigate a two week voyage through the islands, which they divide up into different length itineraries that are 3, 4, 5, 8 and up to 15 days. This leads to the question: How many days should you plan for your Galapagos itinerary? If you have the time and wherewithal, you can stay on the same yacht for the full two weeks and see almost all there is to see in both land and sea. Most travelers can’t do that though, so here are the alternatives.

At the other end of the spectrum the chief mistake traveler’s should avoid is not allowing enough time to experience the islands. It’s a long way and a fair expense just to get there. Much of the first and last days of any itinerary are spent traveling between the mainland and Galapagos and once you arrive you’ll want to make sure you can get into the Park where all the animal action is. As an example, we refer to a 3-day Galapagos trip as ‘the airport tour’.

The reason to visit Galapagos isn’t airports or even port towns, it’s to encounter all those amazing animals inside the National Park. If you don’t leave enough time, just when you are beginning to relax and realize the wonderful wildlife experiences the islands have in store for you…you will have to leave!

Our 30 + years of cruising in the Enchanted Islands have shown us that an 8-day safari style yacht experience is ideal and gets great reviews. It provides plenty of opportunities for peak animal encounters and relaxation. For more information on this and related subjects read our blog: Mistakes to Avoid When Planning Your Galapagos Islands Cruise.
A List of Top Places to Visit in the Galapagos Islands

top 9 places to visit in the Galapagos Islands

This is the year for you to finally take that Galapagos Islands trip-of-a-lifetime! Picturing yourself in Darwin's archipelago is the perfect way to start in planning your trip, but you need to make sure you see the very best these majestic islands have to offer. If you are not sure which Galapagos Islands cruise itinerary to choose, check out our top 9, traveler-tested, Quasar-approved visitor sites and make sure to visit as many of these as you can.

  1. 1Rabida Beach, Rabida Island
  2. 2 Punta Espinosa, Fernandina Island
  3. 3 Sullivan Bay, Santiago Island
  4. 4 Elizabeth Bay, Isabela Island
  5. 5 Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela Island
  6. 6 Darwin Bay Beach, Genovesa Island
  7. 7 Punta Suarez, Española Island
  8. 8 Post Office Bay, Floreana Island
  9. 9 Charles Darwin Station, Santa Cruz Island
Learn more about these Galapagos Visitor Sites
More about the islands

1 Rabida Beach, Rabida Island

A surprise among Galapagos’ pristine white sand beaches is a mesmerizing sight you simply can’t miss: the rusty-red sand beach on Rabida Island. At first glance, you may feel like you’re experiencing an optical illusion. How could a sandy beach be so vividly red? The iron content of Rabida Island’s volcanic rock is so high that the rock rusts when exposed to air, turning the beaches, soil, and rocky cliffs red.

2 Punta Espinosa, Fernandina Island

This is one of our favorite visitor sites because of its abundance of wildlife. Wildlife regularly spotted on this unique point include Marine Iguanas dodging Racer Snakes, Sally Lightfoot Crabs, California Sea Lions, Flightless Cormorants, Galapagos Hawks, and 3 types of Herons.

3 Sullivan Bay, Santiago Island

Some travelers say hiking Sullivan Bay on Santiago Island feels otherworldly, as if you’ve been transported to the face of the moon. While traversing the unique volcanic landscape, you will navigate lava formations and fissures that reshaped the island just over a century ago, with viewpoints that gleam like a giant obsidian sculpture in the equatorial sunshine.

4 Elizabeth Bay, Isabela Island

Elizabeth Bay, a tranquil inlet on the east coast of Isabela Island, is one of the most beautiful sites designated for kayaking by the Galapagos National Park. Quasar guests of all ages enjoy zig-zagging through turquoise shores and wildlife-filled coves at a pace that allows for Kodak moments amidst unforgettable scenery.

5 Punta Vicente Roca, Isabela Island

Punta Vicente Roca, located on the northwestern tip of Isabela Island, is one of the archipelago’s most interesting and diverse snorkeling sites. The nutrient-rich waters and the upwelling of cold water currents here attract a diverse array of rare creatures, making it a Quasar traveler favorite.

6 Darwin Bay Beach, Genovesa Island

Darwin Bay Beach is found on Genovesa Island, which is also known as “Bird Island”. This bay, more than any other in the Galapagos, is truly a bird watcher’s delight. The bustling activity of Great Frigate Birds, Red-Footed Boobies, Yellow-Crowned Night-Herons, and Swallow-Tailed Gulls stands out against the bay’s white coral sands and calming ocean waves.

7 Punta Suarez, Española Island

One of the oldest of the Galapagos Islands, Española seems to be the choice gathering place for some of the world’s most rare creatures. On Quasar Expeditions’ photo safari cruises, travelers can interact with naturalists who guide the discovery of wildlife that includes tiny sea lion pups and red-and-turquoise-marked marine iguanas. Your camera memory cards will fill up in no time.

8 Post Office Bay, Floreana Island

Floreana Island is a traveler favorite not only for the beauty of unique lava caves and awe-inspiring beaches, but also for the bewildering presence of it's famous mail box and its history. To this day, the stampless system is quite effective.

9 Charles Darwin Station, Santa Cruz Island

While touring the six different vegetation zones of Santa Cruz Island, you will have the coveted opportunity to observe the out-of-this-world creatures and cosmic terrain that first captivated Charles Darwin, leading to studies that would change the course of evolutionary science forever.

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    Work with a specialist to plan your perfect trip

    • During your consultation will go through a 20 minute presentation
    • We will discuss our Galapagos Itineraries in details
    • We will discuss your expectations and what you want to see
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    • We will meet your at the airport at Baltra or San Cristobal Island
    • Enjoy complimentary transfers to your hotel
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